Indie Music Hits the L.A. Zoo for Roaring Nights this August


August 2, 2016


Live Music from Black Crystal Wolf Kids, Well Hung Heart, FifthLaw and DJ Steve Prior, Food Trucks, Full-Service Bars, Game Zone, Paint Party, Pop-Up Zookeeper Talks, Animal Feedings and Visits to Special Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo Exhibit

Friday, August 26, 2016
7–11 p.m.
(September 16 with a different lineup)
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The Los Angeles Zoo’s Roaring Nights summer music series keeps the beat rockin’ with a party for ages 18 and up that transforms the evening into one big hipster hot spot on Friday, August 26, 2016, 7 to 11 p.m. Black Crystal Wolf Kids’ high-energy antics will have indie rockers singing along to music from the likes of Hozier, The Black Keys, Pavement, and The Pixies. Also featured are killer sounds from other top indie bands including Well Hung Heart, whose high-energy performance and new rock sound derives from a classic rock ‘n roll foundation, mashed with blistering flavors of blues and punk; FifthLaw, whose members describes themselves as “devoted to bringing the crusade of genuine, honestly produced rock n roll,” and Los Angeles based DJ Steve Prior. Roaring Nights includes L.A.’s favorite food trucks, full-service bars, photo ops, a Game Zone and a “Paint Party” for guests to paint their favorite animal on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir. The fun continues with pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters and visits to animal habitats, and everyone gets to come face-to-face with a special nighttime incarnation of the life-size, lifelike prehistoric creatures of Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo.

One last Roaring Nights event this summer on Friday, September 16, 7 p.m., celebrates the ’80s with tributes to David Bowie and Prince.

Among the high-profile food trucks at Roaring Nights in August are Baby’s Badass Burgers, Border Grill, Coolhaus, Lobsta Truck, Mandoline Grill, Rice Balls of Fire, The Pudding Truck, Peaches Smokehouse, Paradise Ice Cream, Woody’s Grill, Meat the Greek, The Chairman Truck, The Bakery Truck, The Lobos Truck, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Austyn’s and Ragin Cajun.

Black Crystal Wolf Kids, inspired by the audience participation of the Flaming Lips, the anything-goes attitude of The Henry Clay People, and the over-the-toppedness of ’80s tribute bands like Fast Times, Black Crystal Wolf Kids are among the world’s first indie-rock tribute band, paying costumed, sing-along-encouraged homage to the best music of right now (from Hozier to Phoenix to The Black Keys) as well as indie’s storied past (Pavement; the Pixies; Cracker; etc). Also something of an all-star band in their own right, their players are frontman Jeff Miller, drummer Gregg Levinson, and guitarist/singer Mark Pedante, who all did time in the now-defunct band City Museum, while keyboardist/singer Valerie Taylor also plays with The Terpsichords and has toured with Charles Neville (among others) and bassist Marc Gasway also can be seen onstage with The Sexies and Candypants. On-stage appearances with Black Crystal Wolf Kids include members of some of the country’s best actual indie-rock bands, from #1 rockers fun to hitmakers Cage the Elephant to nationally-acclaimed rockers The Elected, with near-nightly sit ins from among the scene’s indie cognoscenti.

Well Hung Heart, a mostly American (and a wee bit English) rock band residing in Southern California, was described by Deli Magazine as “Packed with youthful arrogance at a blues-laced crossroads between The Kills & early Stooges.” Founded by Greta Valenti and Robin Davey, Well Hung Heart’s reckless and raw live performances earned the band a reputation as well as numerous awards including the Best Live Band & Best Music Video OC Music Awards. The group spent their first couple years touring and songwriting, releasing a series of sold-out Limited Edition albums and EPs and appearing at such prestigious venues as London’s O2 Academy, the Paradiso in Amsterdam and many festivals including SXSW, Warped Tour, Rocklahoma, 35 Denton Festival, Center of the Universe Festival, Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Ink N’ Iron, Make Music Festival and more. They’ve played alongside Linkin Park, Fitz & The Tantrums, ZZ Top, Motley Crue, Awolnation, Alice Cooper, Panic! at the Disco, Kongos, Grimes, Young The Giant, Grouplove, The Pretty Reckless, Halestorm, Social Distortion, John Fogerty, and Mohave Lords (members from QOTSA, Eagles of Death Metal, Kyuss).

FifthLaw‘s formation is a story any band might repeat, but its different tastes and diversity of talent is where the story get interesting. These differences make the FifthLaw sound, taking the ideas of a punk rock loving drummer, an indie/alt rock loving bass player and indie/alt rock loving guitarist/songwriter, an indie/folk/electronica loving cellist/keyboardist and an opera trained singer/lead to produce options are limitless.

Producer and DJ Steve Prior, co-founder and resident of Frenzy Terrace Sessions + After Hours at Avalon Hollywood, is also founding partner of DP DJ Stands and has current residencies at Avalon Hollywood, Exchange LA and Bodi Chicago.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Programming subject to change.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

Roaring Nights tickets are $25 for adults 18 and older and $22 for GLAZA members. For tickets, visit For additional information, call (323) 644-6001.

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